JaMarcus Russell is feeling desperate to return to the NFL as he recently sent letters to all teams asking them to give him a second chance. He said he is willing to play for free for an entire year.
The last time Russell played professionally was in 2009, two years after he became the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Since then, and after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, he has been an unemployed quarterback.
The main reasons for this are due to his inconsistent gameplay and apparent lack of discipline. Various media agencies referred to him as the biggest draft bust in the history of the NFL. Despite the hype around him in 2007, he only had an average passing rate of 50.0 in 2009.
Russell then attempted to make a comeback in 2013 but due to the surplus of quarterbacks and his reputation, he was turned down by the teams he reached out.
But now, according to ESPN, Russell is once again ready to return to the league by promising to anyone who would draft him that he is now a much better athlete.
"I know that my name does not carry much weight in the NFL right now, but I am more than the image that others have bestowed on me," he wrote in the letter obtained by ESPN. "I've been labeled as a bust, I have been labeled as lazy and I have been targets of many insults by the media. The blame for any negative press that I've received rested squarely on my shoulders."
"My tribulations have humbled me," he continued. "I am a better man because of my struggles, and I simply desired an opportunity to redeem myself. I do not want my legacy to be a trail of unfulfilled dreams and missed opportunities."
So far, no teams have responded yet to Russell's letter. But, given the fact that he's already 30, he will certainly have a hard time competing with the younger draft prospects. Also, even with an offer to play for free for an entire year, teams will probably not risk the season on a player who has been inconsistent and has not been in the league for almost seven years.